Him: Long Black Veil
Him: John McCutcheon, "Kindergarten Wall" ("Of all that you learn here remember this the best: Don't hurt each other and clean up your mess")
Him: Leonard Cohen, "Everybody Knows"
Daughter: "The emotional whiplash over here is killing me."
Pumpkin, pecan pies done; rolls rising; wax beans snapped and blanched; turkey broth simmering; turkey salted and herbed; garlic dressing made. These tasks are distributed among the family, so I'm hoping nobody will be too exhausted to enjoy dinner.
To go: bake rolls, turkey; mash potatoes; warm wax beans in butter; toss salad. DEVOUR.
Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate, and if you're looking for something global to be thankful for, Colombia and the FARC rebels have signed a peace treaty. This one doesn't have to be affirmed by referendum.
- Canada has a points system.
- New Zealand has a points system.
- To move anywhere in Europe, you will need a work permit from that country; requirements vary. If your recent ancestors were immigrants, you may have a right of return; again, requirements vary.
Unless US expatriates are categorized as refugees (highly unlikely) you'll need to apply to the new country, and that process can take months to years.
If you think you'll need to go, get all the paperwork you'll need to file now, and realize that you'll be competing with thousands (at least) of other Americans who have decided to move on. We won't be any more welcome in other countries than we make their citizens. (Hint: not.)
And a side note for transpeople: Currently under Obama's policies you can get a passport showing your correct gender with a physician's statement saying 'you've had appropriate clinical treatment', and there's no requirement to have bottom surgery. This policy will almost certainly be reversed by the Trump administration, so apply for your passport now to get legal documentation of your gender. Many states require bottom surgery.
e: Recessional has an invaluable comment about Canadian immigration.
I read in the morning paper that Trump wants to ally with Russia and Assad to end the Syrian civil war, leaving Assad in power.
This is famed courtesan Cora Pearl and Prince Achille Murat in an 1865 posed studio photograph. You will notice that Prince Achille's legs are nearly straight, and stretched forward of the saddle. Is this a French thing, or was it the proper seat all over Europe? And when did it change, do you know?
Yet it remains the best route to America’s heartland, populated by voters whose moods elude most pundits in this election cycle. These are people disconnected from New York’s cosmopolitan pace or Washington’s political elites. They value small-town connections to family, community and livelihoods; they rarely consider moving, despite a lack of opportunity.
Here's what she didn't mention: 80% of Americans live in urban areas. Quoting from an article on the 2010 census:
In 2010, a total of 80.7 percent of Americans lived in urban areas, up from 79 percent in 2000. Conversely, 19.3 percent of the U.S. population lived in rural areas in 2010, down from 21 percent in 2000. At the same time, the population of urban areas grew by 12.1 percent, much faster than the country's growth rate of 9.7 percent from 2000 to 2010.
So, contrary to her narrative, these people are moving -- or, rather, the people she's interviewing don't, for obvious reasons, represent the entire historic populations of their towns.
The idea comes down from Jefferson, the idea that the farmer is the true, unspoiled American that the rest of us should be inspired by. It's a silly idea, and has been silly from Jefferson to today. When pundits aren't laying down the law based on the people they know in the big coastal cities, they vacillate between sneering at everybody else and praising the people who lead the lives they don't understand. (Helloo, David Brooks.)
Smalltown, USA still exists, and people live there and enjoy it. But it's not the real America, any more than New Hampshire is real America. It's an America, but one that should be neither exalted nor despised. Most of us live in the cities, and we've chosen to do so. We're real, whether we're in Indianapolis or Charlotte or, yes, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York.
Thank you for writing! I hope you have fun.
First and foremost, I think that wonderful things happen when people write the fic they always wanted to see but never got. I'm going to give suggestions and a few prompts, but if you think of something else that excites you, or that you've always wanted to write, please do! I want to see your idfic, your superegofic, the thing you love writing. Slash, femslash, het, poly, and gen are all great.
Jean-Léon Gérôme, Duel after the Masquerade. Just .... holy shit. This is my id-painting. The use of color is wonderful, the composition is wonderful ... who am I kidding. It's a duel. After a masquerade. ♥
There's only one possible set of prompts: What happened? How did this people get to this situation? What happened next? If you'd rather reset this on a spaceship, underwater, in the 1920s, ... feel free. Just keep the duel, in the snow. After the masquerade.
18th Century Pirate RPF - Anne Bonney, Mary Read.
Note that I am *not* asking for the characters from Black Sails, and I'd prefer you not include canon from that show.
Stalky and Co - Beetle, Stalky Corkran, M'Turk
I note parenthetically that the title has an ampersand, damn it.
Nice guy. Did thorough eye exam. Now I shall be glasses-free for two weeks, and I need glasses for both short and long vision. Sigh. (I have a pair of frames I adore, and I'm putting new lenses in them, and I don't have a backup.)
Also, as edenfalling kindly warned me, the replacement Note 7s are already blowing up. Or at least one did. On an airplane. Fortunately, parked on the ground. I'm afraid that's that, and I'll be stuck with my Galaxy 7 Edge, which I do not love.
- Happy birthday, oursin !
- I realized last month, after only forty (gasp) years of reading Georgette Heyer, what a "light seat" means in riding. Check me: a rider with a "light seat" is supporting their weight on their legs and/or leaping-horn, transmitting their weight down to the stirrups and allowing their legs to act as shock-absorbers, rather than resting their weight on the saddle and bumping up and down on the horse's back. Right?
- I called my husband "darling" in the supermarket Sunday. Am I right in thinking that outside the U.S. (and, for that matter, the Midwestern/Southern parts of the Midwest, for all I know) this would be weird or indecorous?
- Oh God, oh Montreal. My medical marijuana provider is no longer veiling its features with the scanty voile of medicine.
What better way to start your weekend than a cannabis-themed brunch?
This week we're putting our favorite brunch items on sale - infused coffee and tea mixes, honey, granola, almond butter, jam. Order by Thursday to take advantage of the sale price and have yours in time for next weekend!
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It's going to be a good year out on the fringes. I haven't looked through the mainstream categories yet, except:
In Theater, we've got Angels in America, Diary of a Provincial Lady (there's a play?), Doctor Faustus, Don Carlos, Faust, An Ideal Husband, Iolanthe, Road Show (Sondheim, never made it to Broadway for good reason), Twelfth Night, and Eugene Onegin.
The drama, which has received a script commitment, is described as a modern take on Dickens' second novel that was originally published as a serial in the 1830s. Twist's logline is as follows: A sexy contemporary take on Oliver Twist with a struggling 20-something female (Twist) who finally finds a true sense of family in a strange group of talented outcasts who use their unique skills to take down wealthy criminals.
Or, in other words, Leverage. But with Dickens syrup on top.
Am thinking about my noms. I have some things I'm toying with.
- Duel after the Masquerade. (definite) I mean, holy shit. My favorite story painting ever.
- Wanderer Above The Sea of Fog. I am amused to note that autocomplete caught "romantic man on cliff". The problem is that all the action would be in the request: there isn't a plot, there's just a person.
- "Locksley Hall" from the woman's point of view.
- Anne Bonney/Mary Read femslash.
Me: "I'm disabled."
Him: "But you still need to exercise!"
Turns out he was a newly-certified personal trainer. I commented that as the disability came on, I'd been very grateful for a trainer who knew my limitations.
Cheerful driver: "You still need to do perfect reps! Just at 75% intensity!"
Very glad he's not *my* trainer.